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On 6/2/2019 at 9:08 PM, GolfSpy STUDque said:

Testing the G410 Plus has inspired me to pull the big dog every chance I get and the results have been showing.

That's awesome!  Those stats are looking really good, your distances should keep you very competitive. We'll all be following along and rooting for a win. 👏  

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On ‎06‎/‎06‎/‎2019 at 7:44 PM, GolfSpy STUDque said:

All my stuff is still soaked. I wasn't kidding when I said it was a torrential downpour. My garage has golf stuff scattered all over in an attempt to dry stuff out. Wet or dry, I've gotta pack it all up for tomorrow as I'm fortunate enough to join @jb0330 for a charity scramble. As luck would have it, I get to play the same course I'll be playing for this tournament. What better practice round than a scramble???

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The Course Preview

Course: Breton Bay Golf and Country Club

Length: 6659 yards from the Blue Tees

Fairways: Bermuda

Greens: Bent Grass

 

Hole by hole strategy is therapeutic for me to plot my rounds but I hope you find it interesting as well. One thing is for sure, the course will be in immaculate shape with smooth, fast greens, lush rough, manicured bunkers, and fancy cups they only bust out for this occasion. 

In my markups, I'm considering yellow areas to avoid, blue areas of interest, and the yardages aimed at the landing spots. Without further ado....

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Nothing about hole 1 should be challenging but it always is. An elevated tee increases any miss and there's trouble on both sides with hazard left and driving range right. I usually aim at the tree marked by a blue arrow with hopes it'll drift back into the fairway. Over the bunker in the rough is a safe miss. 

The approach is usually me getting out of trouble but you can attack any pin from the fairway. 

 

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Most tee shots will be safe but the further left you can go, the better the angle. Hole 2 is always defined by your approach. OB left and long surrounding an elevated green makes the approach a risky proposition. The longer the drive, the safer you'll be with height on the second shot. 

 

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I always figure Hole 3 would be one of those that would get turned into a par 4 if the pros played it. The Arccos tee box is wrong so the carry over the bunker is actually about 250. From there, you can approach the green with an iron if far enough right. If things are really sideways, there's a bail out in the adjacent fairway that still gives a clear shot to the green if you can elevate. Pin position could affect the approach by as many as 3 clubs. OB long is a big consideration. The green is massive front to back but narrow left to right. Big slope from back to front can leave some dicey putts if you're in the wrong section. If played smartly, definite birdie opportunity. 

 

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I'm not a big fan of Hole 4. OB lines the entire right side of the fairway. My ball flight with driver just does. not. draw. but I can hit a nice one with my 3 wood to clear the corner. The approach varies from easy to difficult depending on pin location. I'm sure it'll be tucked behind the bunker at least once and in the back once. It's hard to get it all the way back there. 

 

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Hole 5 brings the first par 3. There's a nice little fountain feature in the pond for asthetics. Standing on the tee, the only part of the green that can be seen is the front as that bunker is raised to gobble up shots. The right bunker is difficult to get out of but most other areas around the green are manageable with the prime bail out spot being right in front of the green. 

 

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Take as much risk as your stomach can handle on Hole 6. OB lines the fairway on both sides. A well struck hybrid or 3W will settle you atop the plateau with a nice angle in. Cut the corner with driver and you're looking at a pitch shot with an awkward angle. There's a small valley between the white lines. The green has 2 distinct and flat tiers with a small transition swale in the middle. 

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Hole 7 begins a climb up to the clubhouse and is uphill the entire way. A high fade with the driver will pop over the tall corner trees but beware running through as a penalty area in the form of a creek runs along the tree line to the left of the fairway. The green can be reached in 2 from the fairway but a nice 100y layup can be found in the pocket within the blue circle. Most approaches require height to get closer to the hole. Long is safe however. 

 

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Not only is Hole 8 long, but the air is dead in here as trees line from all edges (including behind the green not pictured). The tee is elevated but not enough to make a difference. I'll need a well struck 4 iron to get there. If I make par on this hole, I'm sprinting to the next tee. 

 

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Hole 9 climbs back up to the clubhouse. Driver is ok to pull here because I can keep it clear of the pond to the right and don't have to worry about it running into the trees due to how sloped upward the fairway is. Missing left is in jail with a heavy tree line. No approach locations are able to see the green and it's really easy to come up short. Plan to club up here. 

 

Thus concludes the front 9 handshake. Stay tuned for the back 9 where mental fortitude is tested. 

I absolutely loved this! Nice work Stud!!!!

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You seem to have this figured out. Stay to your plan & game, relax, have fun and kick butt.


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Player field is up to 98 now. Interested to see how fast it jumps as we get closer. 

 

Continued practice....

Been struggling with a wipey fade lately so I took some time on the range yesterday. You know, one of those good sessions where you take a bit of time between each shot to work on form and alignment. I got it headed straighter than before but still a bit more fade than I'd prefer.

When I got to my in laws, I still had the itch to work on it so I made some adjustments to my woods by dialing the driver down to 9* (from 10.5*) and putting the FW/hybrid into same loft but draw setting. Took those clubs and fired about a dozen shag balls into the woods across a cornfield. THAT was what I'm looking for. Stinging and explosive shots that hit my target. Hope that keeps. 

On travel next week so I probably won't get to play but there's a Top Golf close-ish that I may post up as my dinner spot for a night or two. I miss getting to practice there for good shooting-at-green practice that you don't really get at the range. 

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You’ve already over thunk it.....(is that s word?) just relax and breathe.


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7 hours ago, fozcycle said:

You’ve already over thunk it.....(is that s word?) just relax and breathe.


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Yes yes, I know. I'm overthinking it now so I don't have to overthink when then tourney starts. The crowd noise in my head will settle when the proverbial curtain rises. 

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You’ve already over thunk it.....(is that s word?) just relax and breathe.


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It’s an over 60 years old approved word.


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5 hours ago, GolfSpy STUDque said:

Yes yes, I know. I'm overthinking it now so I don't have to overthink when then tourney starts. The crowd noise in my head will settle when the proverbial curtain rises. 

I always struggle picking the right voice in my head to listen to. 

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8 hours ago, GolfSpy STUDque said:

Yes yes, I know. I'm overthinking it now so I don't have to overthink when then tourney starts. The crowd noise in my head will settle when the proverbial curtain rises. 

Just curious, is this process at all similar to how you prepared for a big baseball game? If so, I'd think you'll be fine. Do what you are comfortable with. 

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Just curious, is this process at all similar to how you prepared for a big baseball game? If so, I'd think you'll be fine. Do what you are comfortable with. 

Great point.


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2 hours ago, MaxEntropy said:

Just curious, is this process at all similar to how you prepared for a big baseball game? If so, I'd think you'll be fine. Do what you are comfortable with. 

That's an excellent analogy. I hadn't thought of it that way but you're absolutely right. The cycle was much shorter than this but I definitely see parallel. 

In my baseball days, I definitely poured a lot of energy into research and the mental side. I'd gather as much info as I could on the town, campus, field, fences, weather, other team, tendencies, you name it.

In addition to the research, I had an internal routine too ranging from baseball-specific prep all the way down to the length of my fingernails. 

 

To some extent, I do this for all rounds on a new/rarely played course. Unfortunately, time isn't on my side to play/practice as much as I'd hope so I'm trying to pour extra effort into the mental side to control what I can. 

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I am going to try and show up to be a cheerleader for you. I’ll be on the 9th green at 9.

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1 hour ago, Shankster said:

I am going to try and show up to be a cheerleader for you. I’ll be on the 9th green at 9.

if you do, please don't wear the outfit 😮   😜

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if you do, please don't wear the outfit    


No problem there. I’d scare everyone away with my pasty white, darn near clear legs... yikes.
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No problem there. I’d scare everyone away with my pasty white, darn near clear legs... yikes.




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4 hours ago, Shankster said:

 


No problem there. I’d scare everyone away with my pasty white, darn near clear legs... yikes.

 

They've gotta get sun somehow! 9th green at 9, see you there. 

 

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On the prep front, I got an opportunity to play the back 9 of the course I can see from my hotel window.... Only a 20 minute drive in this traffic 🙃

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If we're talking about playing my game, this was definitely it. Lots of good shots mixed in with bad too. I hit a couple hundred shots the past few days but not a single putt and it showed. I probably won't get a chance to play next week but I'll darn sure make time for putting. Here's the Arccos recap:

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And a nice shot looking down the home stretch. The final 3 holes head straight to The Washington Monument:

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Ok... just remember. You asked for it.

I won’t be hard to miss. 🦵🏻

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